Dutch Dancers at Ciclovia New Brunswick

New Brunswick has a long history of creating and celebrating the diverse community of the inner city and the surrounding neighborhoods. Now it has become part of the Ciclovia movement that started over 30 years ago in Bogota, Columbia.

Ciclovia means “bike way” and refers to a specific day in the life of our city when major thoroughfares are closed to car traffic and open to bicycles, pedestrians, dance groups and all sorts of community activities.

When this happened on October 6, our Dutch Dancers used the opportunity! It was a short performance, perhaps only 15 minutes long – just enough for the five dancers that had come out that day. But it was a great success! For 15 minutes we had the crossroad of Bayard and George Streets just to ourselves, meaning the eyes and ears of the crowds. While our dancers danced, I distributed decals and magnets inviting people to First Reformed Church. Later, we invited bystanders to join in a few simple dances. It was a hit, especially among many children.

When you look at the pictures, you can see what this all means: people from First Reformed Church meeting people in the neighborhood, and not much of a threshold in between. May we have many more such opportunities of building the community church we want to be! This one came as a gift to us.

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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